Grays Harbor checkers are IMCA Modified first for Scherer

Riley Scherer earned his career first Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win on opening night at Grays Harbor Raceway. He’s pictured with wife and local hornet racer Kendra. (Photo by Deanne Scherer)

ELMA, Wash. (April 20, 2024) – While he’d race to track rookie of the year honors, the 2023 season was admittedly a learning one for Grays Harbor Raceway regular Riley Scherer.

The Tenino hotshoe put those lessons to use on Saturday, racing to his Friesen Performance IMCA Modified career-first feature win in the 2024 opener at Elma.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t exactly know how to describe it,” Scherer said of the main event shortened by cautions and impending weather. “It’s kind of like racing from Motel 6 to the Hilton.”

Wheeling a new-to-him 2018 GRT car themed Hammerin’ Down in Pound Town and Doin’ It for Bobby,’ in memory of childhood friend Bobby Orr who passed away last November, Scherer started fifth and ran third most of the way.

He’d worked his way to the front just before the race ended. Two-time defending track champion Tyson Blood started 13th and finished second.

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